Monthly Archives: December 2014


Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare at Gulf Medical University Ajman is one of its kind in the country, offering training courses in first aid and CPR to housewives, women and families at special discounted rates.

The university has established the Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (C.A.S.H) to integrate simulation as an educational tool to provide a state-of-the-art, safe learning environment that promotes professional development of students, faculty, health care providers and members of the community through high quality and internationally recognized education and training programs.


A one of its kind simulation center in the country, C.A.S.H simulates a “Hospital setting” spread over 20000 square feet area. It has mock OPDs, general ward, ICU, NICU, operation theater, radiology labs / suite, delivery suite (triage and first stage), diagnostic lab, and pharmacy. The center also offers training in communication skills, history taking skills, physical examination skills, interpretation skills (clinical and diagnostic), patient management skills, first aid skills, nursing skills and life support training (basic, advanced and pediatric) informed Prof. Manda Venkatramana, Director of the center and Dean College of Medicine.


We will cultivate competent, confident and ethical practitioners, and extend the services of the Center in education and healthcare beyond our institution to regional healthcare practitioners and members of the community and establish C.A.S.H as a leading provider of quality health care, education and research in simulated settings adds Prof. Manda.

The center is tying-up with corporates and companies to offer joint training courses to benefit professionals as well as lay people. The promoters of the center, Thumbay Group will offer special rates for training as part of its corporate social responsibility activities. The center has trained more than 1000 healthcare professionals and lay people in a short span of time, added Prof. Manda.


The center is offering American Heart Association accredited Family & Friends First Aid CPR Course. AHA’s video-based, classroom Family & Friends® CPR Course teaches adult Hands-Only® CPR, adult AED use, child CPR and AED use, and infant CPR. It also teaches how to relieve choking in an adult, child or infant. The course teaches how to manage illness and injuries in a child for the first few minutes until professional help arrives. The program also covers child safety and preventing injuries. This course is for those involved in child care who have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements. This audience includes child care workers, teachers, foster care workers, camp counselors, youth organizations and coaches for children’s sports organizations. This course is also ideal for parents, grandparents, babysitters and guardians informed Prof. Manda.


Medical Simulation is the set-up, used for monitoring and review of a controlled medical event, designed to educate health care providers and broaden their experience in critical situations. Since simulations are completely staged and programmed as per the scenario, participants are able to make mistakes and learn from them without any risk to patients, and apply what they have learned in real life situations. The Center will offer regular training courses in Basic clinical skills, Basic surgical skills, Acute Care Medical Simulations, Advanced Airway Management, Teamwork and Communication skills, Crisis Resource Management (CRM), First Aid, BLS /ATLS and Standardized OSCEs, concluded Prof. Manda Venkatramana. The center is an accredited provider of American Heart Association programs.

American Heart Association accredited course on Heart Saver First Aid, CPR and AED

The Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) at Gulf Medical University, Ajman recently completed training of 54 Health and Safety Officers and Emergency Medics from Lamprell Energy Ltd.  for the American Heart Association (AHA) accredited course on Heart Saver First Aid (HSFA), CPR and AED. This training entitles them to a 2-year internationally recognized HSFA Provider Card from AHA. The training sessions were conducted over a span of 2 months in small batches to maintain optimum instructor-candidate ratio.

American Heart Association

Facilitated by Dr.Erum Khan, Mr. Issel Grandt D. Humilde and Mr.Abi Sayed, Life Support Instructors at CASH, the course highlighted the critical skills needed to respond to and manage a first aid, choking or sudden cardiac arrest emergency in the first few minutes until emergency medical services (EMS) arrives; management of bleeding, sprains, broken bones, shock and other first aid emergencies; and focused on adult CPR, child CPR and AED use.

American Heart Association

Dr. Surjya Kamal Bhuyan, Health Advisor, Lamprell Energy Ltd. was highly appreciative of the training program and the Life Support Instructors at CASH and said, “on behalf of the HSFA & BLS participants from Lamprell, I would like to express my sincere gratitude for the excellent efforts undertaken in conducting the courses. All the participants speak highly of the course content and Instructors and we hope to be associated with more courses in the near future.”

American Heart Association Professor Manda Venkatramana, Director of CASH and Consultant Surgeon at GMC Hospital said that CASH plans to conduct more high quality sessions in the future’ and further elaborated that ‘the mission of CASH is to create a safe, controlled and non-threatening environment for health professionals to teach, train and assess the cognitive, psychomotor and affective skills ensuring high quality patient care and safety using various simulation technologies.’

CASH is designed as a virtual hospital setting located within GMU premises and is a multidisciplinary educational facility that provides high-tech simulated set-up for clinical and communication skills teaching / learning and training for doctors, nurses, other health professionals and lay public as well.

American Heart Association CASH is an AHA accredited site and regularly conducts basic and advanced AHA accredited Life Support and first aid training courses such as Heart Saver First Aid CPR AED Course, BLS and ACLS.

Hospitality Division of Thumbay Group bags all major honors in Thumbay Olympics

Over 1000 employees participated in 15 events over five days at GMU Sports complex

Thumbay Group Human Resource department organized ‘Thumbay Olympics’ from 7-11 December 2014. Over 1000 Thumbay group employees participated in Throw Ball, Lawn Tennis, Swimming, 100 meters Race, 400 meter Relay, Table Tennis, Badminton, Squash, Football, Cricket, Volley Ball, Basket Ball, Tug of War, and a friendly Kabaddi Match. 14 different sports were facilitated with more than 145 successive events conducted at GMU sport ground and Body & Soul. More than 1000 man heads participated in successive events.

Prof. Gita Ashok Raj Provost Gulf Medical University inaugurated the event and flagged off the parade by all participating teams. She also revealed the Thumbay Olympics Cup in the presence of Mr. Akbar Moideen Thumbay, Director Operations Healthcare and Retail, Thumbay Group.

Thumbay Olympics

Founder President of Thumbay Group Mr. Thumbay Moideen distributed the prizes in a specially organized function. Speaking on the occasion he appreciated the enthusiastic participation of the employees, irrespective of their rank in the organization. He encouraged them with his inspiring words. He said that he can foresee tremendous growth in the organization in the years to come. He thanked everyone for being loyal to the company.  He connected with employees by understanding the strengths and motivations of each team member; and said that their strong relationships build trust and create engagement in the workplace.

Thumbay Olympics

According to the Senior HR executives at Thumbay Group, employees are one of the top most drivers of productivity and economic growth of the organization. Employee engagement is an emergent property of relationship between the employees and the organization. We believe an “engaged employee” is fully absorbed by and is an enthusiast who voluntarily takes positive actions to enhance the organization’s reputation and interests.

Employee engagement builds strong relationships and network to understand what exactly motivates and excites employees, both inside and outside of the workplace. Employee Engagement enhances strong Teamwork while making all team members feel like valuable contributors to the team. Employee Engagement ensures employee as a change element and employees exhibit as Brand ambassadors.

Thumbay group witnessed Thumbay Olympics, where all business verticals under the group came together to participate & compete with each other. We witnessed, played & cherished each moment at Thumbay Olympics, said Moideen Farhad, Director Hospitality Division, which won the overall trophy.Thumbay Olympics

3rd Annual Conference on Diabetes & Endocrinology held at Gulf Medical University

Prevention is better than cure” very aptly describes the current thinking with regards to the entire spectrum of Diabetes. This is true both in terms of avoiding the complications of this disease as well as in bringing down the associated costs, said Dr. Mahir Khalil Jallo, Consultant Endocrinologist, GMC Hospital Ajman while addressing the 3rd Annual Conference on Diabetes & Endocrinology for the Northern Emirates held at Gulf Medical University on 20 of December 2014. The conference was organized by the Department of Internal Medicine GMC Hospital Ajman and Gulf Medical University.

Conference on Diabetes

His Excellency Hamad Taryam Al Shamsi, Director Ajman Medical District, Ministry of Health was the Chief Guest at the inaugural ceremony. As part of the conference, the Management and Academic Leadership of the Gulf Medical University bestowed a “Special Award and Honor” on Leading Specialists in Diabetes & Endocrinology from all over UAE, in recognition of their exemplary achievements in the field of Medicine and for their service to the community. His Excellency Hamad Taryam Al Shamsi presented the awards. Dr. Manvir Singh Walia Administrative Director, Healthcare Division Thumbay Group also attended the ceremony. Dr. Mahir Jallo Associate Professor & Consultant, the head of the scientific committee of the conference welcomed the gathering.


Dr. Hussein Saadi, MD, Chief of the Medical Subspecialties Institute at Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, Dr Asma Deeb, Consultant and Chief of Pediatric Endocrinology at Mafraq Hospital, Abu Dhabi, Dr. Fatheya Al Awadi, Head of the Medical department and Head of the endocrine unit of Dubai Hospital,  Dr Bachar Afandi Consultant Endocrinologist at Tawam Hospital, Dr. Saadi Al Jadir, Consultant Endocrinologist, Fujairah Hospital MOH and Dr. Salah Abusnana, Chief Medical Officer at RCDR  received the awards.

Conference on Diabetes

Later the chief guest honored the invited speakers and sponsoring companies.

Conference on Diabetes

The topics and speakers were Dyslipidemia: “The Changing Paradigm” Dr. Omar Dhaimat, Consultant Endocrinologist, Dr. Sulaiman Habib Medical Center, Fact or Fiction: Addressing Alternative Therapy for Diabetes, Dr. Houssam Ali, Consultant Endocrinologist & Metabolism Zulekha Hospital Sharjah, Navigating the Path of Non-insulin Therapies, Dr. Mahir Jallo, Consultant Endocrinologist, Gulf Medical University, A Debate.. Thyroid Surgery -General surgeon or Endocrine surgeon, Dr. Sadir Alrawi, Consultant Surgeon Tawam Hospital and Dr. Mohanad Al Janabi, Consultant Surgeon, Gulf Medical University, Hypocalcaemia in pediatric care – A challenge Dr. Mustafa Al Kaisi, Consultant Pediatric Endocrinologist, Zulekha Hospital Dubai, Insulin Overview What’s to come? Dr. Ghaida Kaddaha, Consultant Endocrinologist, Dr. Sulaiman Habib Medical Center, Thyroid Eye Disease, Dr. Pankaj Lamba, Consultant Ophthalmologist, GMC Hospital, Panorama coverage of recent researches in Diabetes & Endocrinology, Dr. Dhafer Al Badri, Consultant Endocrinologist Sharjah, Duodenal Mucosal Resurfacing DMR in Obesity & Diabetes Management, Dr. Mahir Jallo, Consultant Endocrinologist, Gulf Medical University and Gynaecomastia -Tailor made surgical solution by Dr. Punam Bijlani, Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery GMC Hospital Ajman.

Conference on Diabetes

Eminent speakers from all over UAE discussed about various aspects to tackle Diabetes, which is one of the biggest health issues facing the country today, apart from hypertension and cardiovascular diseases. More than 250 doctors and healthcare professionals attended the Conference which was accredited by the Ministry of Health for 8 Hrs.

Conference on Diabetes


Transiting from an academic to a research based institution. Research Grant announced by Thumbay Foundation.

Annual Scientific Meeting of the University and the 16th anniversary celebrations by the faculty and staff to mark the completion of sixteen years of GMC/GMU were held at the campus on 5th November 2014. Speaking on the occasion Mr. Thumbay Moideen, Founder President and Chairman of Board of Governors of the University thanked the Almighty, and rulers of this great country, especially His Highness Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi; His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum; Vice President & Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai; His Highness Sheikh Humaid Bin Rashid Al Nuaimi, Member of the Supreme Council and Ruler of Ajman for their continuous encouragement and support. He congratulated the entire team and thanked them for their commitment towards the growth of the institution.

DSC_5737We have a very dedicated and an experienced team to lead the research activities at the university says Prof. Gita Ashok Raj, Provost of Gulf Medical University. This year the university has launched the Bachelor of Biomedical Sciences Program (35 seats per year) and the Bachelor of Health Sciences: BHS – Medical Laboratory Sciences (10 seats per year), BHS – Medical Imaging Sciences (10 seats per year), BHS – Anesthesia & Surgical Technology (10 seats per year), and BHS – Nursing Sciences (10 seats per year). BHS in Anesthesia & Surgical Technology is introduced for the first time in the country. All these programs have received Initial Accreditation from the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, UAE. Admissions for the next academic year have already started, she added.

Sciences Program


Mr. Thumbay Moideen announced grants towards medical research for GMU faculty and students. This programme provides seed money to support bio-medical science, translational or clinical research projects. The proposals should be of high scientific caliber. The IPR (Intellectual Property Rights) from the projects will rest with the Gulf Medical University. 2 Professorial Research Grants of AED 50,000 each, 5 Faculty Research Grants of AED 25,000 each and 5 Student Research Fellowships of AED 5,000 each have been announced.

medical research Research projects in the areas of Diabetes, Cardiovascular disease, Allergic Disorders, Genetic Disorders, and Haemoglobinopathies are being invited for submission. However, research projects in other areas of topical interest are welcome. The deadline for 2015 applications seed grants is 30 January 2015. Announcement of the Grant recipients will be made on 28 February 2015.


Intermediate Surgical Skills Workshop

The Center for Advanced Simulation in Healthcare (CASH) at Gulf Medical University, Ajman hosted the 1st Intermediate Surgical Skills Workshop on 22nd November 2014.Surgical Skills

Professor Manda Venkatramana, Director of the Center and Dean, College of Medicine inaugurated the workshop and delivered the welcome address. He briefed about the various activities conducted at the state-of-art Simulation Center including the AHA accredited basic and advanced life support courses. He also elaborated on the objectives of the workshop and wished the delegates a great learning experience.Surgical Skills

The team of delegates from Nigeria attending the workshop had a productive discussion regarding various wound management techniques. The workshop provided an opportunity for the participants to get a one-to-one hands-on experience of intermediate surgical skills using simulators and manikins in a realistic environment.

Surgical Skills The focus of the workshop was on the small-group hands-on sessions on ‘Advanced Suturing Techniques’ facilitated by Professor Manda Venkataramana, Consultant Surgeon at GMC Hospital, Ajman;  ‘Bowel Anastomosis Technique’ by Dr. Mohammed Sobhy, Specialist General Surgeon; ‘Wound Management’ by Mrs. Sija Binoy, Nursing Faculty and  ‘Local Anesthesia Techniques’ led by Dr. Nishida C., Orthopedic Surgeon and Lecturer at Gulf Medical University.

Surgical Skills

The participants highly appreciated the open, reflective and encouraging environment of the sessions as reported in the post-workshop feedback. CASH plans to conduct more such sessions in the future. The workshop was accredited by the Ministry of Health for 4 CME credit hours.

Surgical Skills Designed as a virtual hospital setting, CASH is a multidisciplinary educational facility that provides high-tech simulated set-up for clinical and communication skills teaching / learning and training for all health care professionals. CASH offers Training Programs to doctors, nurses, other health professionals and lay public as well.

Surgical Skills